Dorm will be named Garfield Hall

The new residence hall on the Colorado Mesa University campus will be named Garfield Hall, after members of the Residence Hall Association polled students and voted on the moniker. It replaces the name Renaissance Village, which was to include three more dormitories that will be built around Cannell Avenue. Garfield Hall will house 208 first-year students this fall, all in two-person rooms.

Colorado Mesa University’s 11th residence hall will open this summer as Garfield Hall.

Garfield Hall will be the first of four residence halls that will be built around Cannell Avenue as needed to match enrollment. The four halls together were originally called Renaissance Village, but that name was booted for at least the first dormitory at the request of students.

Members of the Residence Hall Association, who are students elected to represent the residence halls in which they live, sent a letter to Colorado Mesa President Tim Foster’s office last month requesting a change to Mount Garfield Hall. Residence Hall Association members polled students and voted on suggested names to come up with the new moniker, which the university shortened to Garfield Hall.

The letter that hall association members sent to the president’s office explained they wanted a name that better evoked the imagery and landmarks of Mesa County than Renaissance Village.

“The name (Renaissance Village) currently has no significance to Colorado Mesa University and is too general for such a beautiful and unique setting we live in,” the students wrote.

Students made a similar effort to name Grand Mesa Hall after it opened in 2006, according to Colorado Mesa Vice President for Student Services John Marshall.

Marshall said he’s fine with students suggesting a name once again.

“It was kind of neat to see students come together around the idea,” he said.

Most CMU residence halls built in recent years are named after the streets they are on or near but the spread-out nature of the new housing complex meant it was near several streets, so the university decided not to use a street name this time.

Those newer names may or may not stick — Marshall said any hall could be renamed after a donor or distinguished faculty member by the university’s board of trustees.

Most of Garfield Hall’s rooms are reserved for the fall 2013 semester, although some spots remain. The residence hall will house 208 first-year students, all in two-person rooms.

Construction of the four-story, L-shaped structure at 1600 Cannell Ave. is scheduled to wrap up this July. It will cost students $2,693 per semester to live in Garfield Hall.

Albers Hall, a former office building turned into a 20-student residence hall five years ago, will not house students this year.

The two-story building with a basement will likely be turned back into office space, according to CMU spokeswoman Dana Nunn.


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